The forthcoming tour of Europe: The songs Dylan might play part 3


The forthcoming tour of Europe: The songs Dylan might play:  This series looks at 23 songs Dylan could be induced to play, and the reasons why, with musical examples.

by mr tambourine

  • Part 1 “When I first unto this country”, “Heaven help the devil”, “Ring them bells”.
  • Part 2, Delia, Dark as a Dungeon, New Speedway Boogie, Big River

16. Girl From The North Country

This is one of those Dylan songs that wasn’t played too long ago, in 2019 as a matter of fact.   This is also one of the rare songs of Dylan that Lightfoot has covered, not in studio though, but live, and maybe only once, according to

Not only that, but Dylan covered this song along with Johnny Cash for Nashville Skyline.

Also, Dylan admitted that he loves Conor McPherson’s musical of the same name, which
adds more reasons for him to still consider playing this one at least one more time soon.

15. Shadows

Another Gordon Lightfoot song that Dylan has covered only once in 2012 live.   Usually, Lightfoot tributes live by Dylan happened in Canada, so it’s hard to say whether it’s
possible for some of them to happen in Europe this time around. But since these’ll be the
first concerts by Dylan after Gordon’s death, the possibility of that happening definitely

14. Touch Of Grey

This run of tributes to the Grateful Dead is not gonna last forever. If Dylan was gonna do his “last ever” Dead cover, he might want to make it special. This is the one suitable to close out with.

This song has been performed during Dylan shows in 1987, but were never actually sang by Dylan to my knowledge. Which would make it special if he did.

13. That Lucky Old Sun

Along with the Grateful Dead covers, the covers of the Great American Songbook aren’t
gonna last forever either. It’s just a matter of time before Dylan takes yet another artistic

If he was to perform his last ever standard, might as well be this one, a song he’s been doing occasionally in 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2015, 2016, 2017.   On one of those rare instances where he played it in 1995, it was a very special concert, first
since Jerry Garcia’s passing, which makes it a likely candidate.

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